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The Hard Facts of Heart Disease

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The Hard Facts About Heart Disease

  • Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States.
  • Over half of all heart attacks are the first symptoms that an individual experiences.
  • 67% of heart attack victims do not make a full recovery.
  • 20% of heart attack victims will have heart failure within 6 years.
  • 43% of women and 24% of men who have heart attacks die within one year.
  • Heart disease is more prevalent in African Americans.  African Americans have a 29% higher death rate as a result of heart disease than Caucasians.
  • 257,000 women die each year from heart attacks, which are six times as many deaths as breast cancer. -Another 31,837 women die each year of congestive heart failure, representing 62.2% of all heart failure deaths.
  • Women are twice as likely as men to die within the first few weeks after suffering a heart attack.
  • Women with hypertension experience a risk of developing coronary heart disease 3.5 times that of females with normal blood pressure.  High blood pressure is more common in women taking oral contraceptives, especially in obese women.
  • Almost half of men who have a heart attack under the age of 65 die within 8 years.
  • Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men.
  • Results from the Framingham Heart Study suggest men have a 49% lifetime risk of developing coronary heart disease after the age of 40.
  • Studies show that a 10% decrease in total cholesterol levels may reduce the development of coronary heart disease by almost 30%.
  • 70%-90% of heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle changes.
**Sources: Statistics compiled from, Department of Health and Human Services, the American Heart Association, and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute.